As part of exhibition Scratching the surface the Alliance Française de Sydney is hosting a special lecture: Contemporary Aboriginal Art presented by respected Aboriginal lecturer, curator and writer Tess Allas.
Go past superficial, preconceived or incomplete ideas about Indigenous Australian art.
Come to learn, further explore, or exchange with respected Aboriginal lecturer, curator and writer Tess Allas, who will present a one-hour illustrated lecture followed by a Q&A session.
A curator and writer working in the field of Aboriginal art and cultural practice since the early 1990s, Tess Allas is currently the Director of Indigenous Programs and Associate Lecturer at the Faculty of Art & Design at the University of NSW, where she facilitates the annual Aboriginal printmaking residency and workshop programs.
Tess has curated and coordinated numerous exhibitions in Australia for cultural institutions such as Wollongong Art Gallery, Campbelltown Arts Centre and Carriageworks, as well as overseas notably at the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection in the United States and at the Montreal First Nations Festival in Canada.
Tess is a regular writer for key Australian arts publications and she has written hundreds of biographies on Aboriginal artists for the ‘Storylines Project’ (www.storylines.org.au) which were published on the Design & Art Australia Online website (www.daao.org.au). In 2012 she was awarded an Indigenous Arts Fellowship from Arts NSW to investigate the collecting history of Indigenous shell-worked objects.
Tess was also curatorial advisor for exhibition Scratching the surface and wrote the foreword of the official catalogue.
Lecture: Introduction to Contemporary Aboriginal Art
Venue: Alliance Française de Sydney
Date: Wednesday 19 October
Time: 18:00pm – 20:00pm (start of lecture at 18:30pm)
Price: Charges apply
Discount AF members and students
Free for children under 15 accompanying their parents
To register: click here